Tuesday, October 24, 2006


And so I start on the next thing. We'll see how this goes.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

So Yeah...

I stopped there, pretty much.

On to the next picture.

Continuing Where We Left Off...

Not all that much has changed, but I'm seriously thinking about stopping. I don't think I'll learn much more by destroying this passable effort with more brush strokes. Maybe I could do more detail in the background. I'll think about it.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Painter in Progress

Another attempt at Corel Painter. This isn't finished, but I'm almost tempted to leave it at this point. I have a foreboding that anything I do from here on is just going to make it worse. (Insert smiley face.)

I have an excuse, you know. Not only am I trying to teach myself how to paint with this piece of software. I'm trying to teach myself how to paint, period.

It's fun, really, now that I'm coming out of my latest slump. Very engrossing. Too engrossing, sometimes, since I end up painting until all hours in the morning.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Another Model

Yes, the same old subject (but a different woman). Tonight's theme was, "Draw faster, and enjoy yourself more." I need to start drawing other things though. Maybe cars or buildings or trees or something.

Sooner or later I will also have to go back to painting practice, too. So many areas that need work...


A doodle, more or less, done from imagination in a bit less than an hour. I'm not posting this because I'm particularly proud of it (I'm not), but because, looking at it and comparing it to old pictures I have posted here and elsewhere, I could see how it was relatively good. I looked at old pictures and found very little I liked, and some stuff so bad I had to delete it. I forced myself to keep some pictures just so I could remind myself from time to time that I am improving, it's just that my criticism of my own skills increases as fast, if not faster, than the skills themselves.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Feeling uninspired.

Funny that one. It's the same model as my Corel Painter experiment below, and I think the two pictures have a resemblance to each other. In fact, the pictures resemble each other more than they resemble the model, I think.

Time for bed.

Monday, October 16, 2006


So, in a bout of foolish optimism I signed up for Nanowrimo, the "National Novel Writing Month". I'm not certain which nation, exactly, it is national of. I am, however, fairly certain of one thing: I'm not going to be able to participate in anything but a feeble parody of novel writing. But hey, it's really easy to sign up.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sometimes you Steal

Only for practice, but this picture is based, loosely, on a picture by Craig Mullins (see his Goodbrush site in the links on the right). I've been feeling particularly incompetent lately, and this semi-copy was the only thing I did tonight that I liked enough to keep.

I hate it when I get stalled like this. Sometimes it feels like I'll never get any better.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Corel Painter Essentials

I have been avoiding using this program. I found it intimidating, actually, because I was never really any good at painting. On the other hand, I really wanted to try some more natural looking effects, so tonight I dived in and tried it out. There you go. My first picture in painter. It's not as bad as I was worried it would be. Not great, either, but it seemed to be easier to get colors and a nice looking stroke than it is in Photoshop. I will be playing with this again, I think.

The picture, by the way, was from a photo (again), but it drifted off a bit.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Painting is Hard

Even digital painting. I doubt I'll ever be able to get a picture I really like out of this, but at least I'm getting a lot of experimentation done.

No picking colors off the reference this time, but actually I think the figure colors are too close to the reference in some ways. I don't want him to be as pink as he is, and I want more depth.

The background will need a lot of messing with, too.